Mountrath woman cashed four stolen cheques in pub

A MOUNTRATH woman who deceived a Portlaoise publican by cashing four cheques which she had obtained as the result of a burglary was last week remanded on bail for a probation report, and for her to produce a letter to the district court proving she is still seeking treatment for her drug addiction.

A MOUNTRATH woman who deceived a Portlaoise publican by cashing four cheques which she had obtained as the result of a burglary was last week remanded on bail for a probation report, and for her to produce a letter to the district court proving she is still seeking treatment for her drug addiction.

Amy Dunne, with an address listed at Knockanina, Mountrath, faced four counts of handling stolen property and four counts of making gain by deception. The offences were all committed on April 15 this year, at Keegan’s Bar, Main Street, Portlaoise.

The court heard from Garda Inspector Aidan Farrelly that the cheques Dunne cashed had previously been stolen from a home in Mountrath during a burglary in March. When arrested, Dunne admitted that she knew they had been stolen.

Insp Farrelly gave evidence that she cashed two cheques worth €200, one worth €250 and one worth €120, giving a total loss to the publican of €770. The cheques were in someone else’s name and the publican knew the defendant.

“Does (the publican) know’s she a drug addict?” asked Judge Catherine Staines.

“She’s known me for years,” Dunne informed the judge.

The judge was told that Dunne has over 51 previous convictions, mostly theft and forgery, although there are also convictions for using a false instrument and drug offences.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Dunne had suffered a number of relapses with her drug addiction over the last six months. She has two children, who stay with her sister, and by a family agreement she has the children for certain periods. At the time of the offences, she had a difficulty with her sister and didn’t get to see her children, which led to her relapse.

“She appreciates she completely used the trust the publican had in her,” said Mr Meagher.

“Did she assist the gardaí with who did the burglary?” asked Judge Staines. “That is the most serious aspect.”

Insp Farrelly replied that Dunne had cooperated fully with gardaí and an arrest had been made.

The matter was put back to September 19 for a probation report and for a letter from Coote Street in Portlaoise, to prove Dunne is getting treatment.